Word order: Adverb before adjective?

By LittleGatsby, in 'Latin Grammar Questions', Feb 13, 2018.

  1. LittleGatsby New Member

    Say I have the following sentencen:

    My son's opinions are often foolish.

    I translate:
    Sententiae filii mei stultae saepe sunt.

    What is the proper structure, what's the rule? stultae saepe OR saepe stultae


    What if we have an ablative object like:

    Sententiae filii mei sine considerantia saepe sunt.

    Is "sine considerantia" to be put before the adverb saepe or after it?
  2. Iáson Cívis Illústris

    • Civis Illustris
    Latin word order is a subject of controversy and many aspects are still debated.

    I would probably say that sententiae filiī meī saepe stultae sunt/ sententiae filiī meī stultae saepe sunt are both equally acceptable. There might be a slight difference in focus, with the first variant emphasising that the opinions are frequently silly, and the second that the opinions are frequently silly, if that makes any sense. But I wouldn't stake my life on it.

    The same goes for sine cōnsiderantiā. Incidentally, that's quite an interesting phrase. It only occurs once, in a passage of Vitruvius.

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